Can older people build muscle with resistance training?

Older people can build muscle with resistance training. It is important for older people to remain active and exercise. Exercise is medicine. All people should do muscle strengthening exercises (resistance training) of all of the major muscle groups at least two times per week. 
Older people who do resistance training are building muscle in almost the same way younger people do. The resistance during weight training creates “micro-tears” -- or tiny tears -- in the fibers of the muscle. Micro-tears comprise a vital part of muscle building.

Younger people can create new muscle during this process, but seniors who have lost muscle mass can only strengthen their remaining muscle fibers, according to research at the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine. But the outcome is the same: larger and stronger muscles.

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